Project 24 is a series of 24 hour human powered micro adventures on foot, paddling, and cycling to challenge ourselves and our potential. Project 24 is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Ashley Kenlock and Richard Harpham to provide an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with regular adventures. We hope it is aspirational to encourage others to participate and challenge themselves and ask big questions. Richard Harpham is a professional adventurer who has completed over 7,600 miles of adventures around the world. Our family and friends will hopefully also join us on different challenges for encouragement, fun times and to share the experience. You can follow Project 24 as we tackle some of Britain’s most iconic locations at www.richadventure.com.
24 Walk on the Pennine Way
Our first 24 hour challenge was walking for 24 hours on the beautiful Pennine Way, in Winter with deep snow and blizzards. What could possibly go wrong? We started near Malham Cove and headed North along the trail. We battled with two white out blizzards and up to 2 ft of snow in freezing temperatures. Strangely it forged our resolve to finish despite the conditions. We took hourly pictures, including dinner in a phone box, deep snowdrifts, sunrise and the obligatory Pennines in the dark. We introduced a reward strategy with sweeties, whisky, chocolate, fish and chips and other treats to keep us motivated. Our last reward was big eats to celebrate finishing at the Tan Hill Inn, the highest Inn in the UK.
24 Hours Canoeing on the River Great Ouse
Our second adventure was canoeing the River Great Ouse, upstream of Buckingham down towards Bedford. Despite being the 5th largest river in Britain 50% of it does not have access rights. (we can only access 3% of the rivers and water in England and Wales) The Canoe challenge was in the close fishing season.
We set off close to mid day and paddled down to Buckingham with its old stone bridges. Since the river is not widely accessed it also means portages and obstacles are not easy to traverse. We shot various weirs, dragged boats in shallows and carried around many obstacles. It was tough going. Once darkness descends it becomes a different mental challenge and a couple of the team nodded off in their boats. Hot food delivered by our support team twice during the challenge really boosted morale. We finished just North of Bedford having been hammered by storm force winds for the final few miles with gusts estimated over 30mph.
Your Project 24?
Project 24 hinges on a strong personal and team challenge based around what is possible within a 24 hour period? How far could you walk, or canoe, or run within 24 hours? You can set your own challenge, or as part of a team, hopefully raising a few quid for charity. We are not full time athletes nor do we have endless hours for training so it is about a “can do” spirit and getting out there.
We hope that you will be inspired complete your own 24 hour challenge. We would love to hear from you with details of your challenge or adventure. What did you do? What charity did you support? (contact us @ http://www.richadventure.com)
We believe that “The best adventure is the one that you take…start now and of course stay safe!”
Rich and Ash
Richard is a human powered adventurer and paddler www.richadventure.com who has completed over 7,800 miles of adventures by kayak, canoe, ski and bike. He runs www.canoetrail.co.uk with his wife and co founded www.inspiredlife.org which inspires young people and communities. He is a motivational speaker drawing on his stories from adventure, in corporate life and managing the Ghana Ski Team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Richard’s adventures test equipment in the harshest conditions and he is proud to be supported by: Paramo Clothing,, Valley Sea Kayaks, bambooclothing.co.uk ,Leatherman tools, Scott Skis, Mountain Fuels, Canadian Affair (airlines), Aquabound Paddles, Reed Chillcheater, Surly Fat Bikes, USE Exposure Lights, Garmin GPS systems, Sealine Drybags